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Brahms Piano Concertos

Adam Laloum
RSO Berlin
Kazuki Yamada

Release Date: 23 February 2018

Each of Brahms’ piano concertos are titans of any pianist’s repertoire in their own right, so it is a testament to the young, French pianist Adam Laloum’s confidence and abilities that he has recorded both works together for his Sony debut. Adam says about the second concerto: "The Second Concerto to me contains […] fantasy, with an extraordinary sense of noblesse and maybe a different type of generosity: it is warmer and more human. Although it is an immense work, sometimes in it [Brahms] talks about simple things and even about humor – always with a lot of tenderness." ...

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Adam Laloum received an international recognition by winning the 1st Prize at the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition. He then joined the class of Evgeni Koroliov in Hamburg who is himself 1st Prize Clara Haskil 1977. Since then, he had the opportunity to perform in such festivals and hall as Luzern Festival, Verbier Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Bad Kissingen, SWR Schwetzingen, Piano aux Jacobins, Festival de Pâques d’Aix en Provence, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Musik Festival, Wigmore Hall, Herkulessaal Munich, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Berlin Philharmonie, Auditorium du Louvre, Tonhalle Zürich, KKL Luzern, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano… He is the guest of the Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Orchestre de Paris/Cornelius Meister, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Jesus Lopez Cobos and Joshua Weilerstein, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Sir Roger Norrington, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester at the Berlin Philharmonie/Nicolas Collon. Adam Laloum is a very fine and passionate chamber music partner. He founded a piano trio – Trio les Esprits - with the cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière and the violinist Mi-sa Yang. Their first CD was released for the label Mirare in 2014 and was followed by a concert at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. Adam’s last solo recording, released in 2016, includes Schumann – Davidsbündlertänze and Schubert Sonata D960 (Mirare). In 2013, he recorded Schumann – Humoreske and Sonata op.11 (Mirare). This recording received a Diapason d’or of the Year 2014, ffff by Télérama, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros and 5 stars by Fono Forum in Germany. His first CD includes Brahms works (Mirare) and is published at the beginning of 2011. He last chamber music recording (Brahms both clarinet Sonatas and Trio with clarinet) was recorded with the clarinettist Raphaël Sévère and the cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière. It also received a Diapason d’or and ffff in Télérama. Adam is the founder and artistic director of the festival “Les Pages Musicales de Lagrasse” since 2015, a festival dedicated to the chamber music repertoire.

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